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Consider These Hurricane Sandy Preparation Tips

Ready for the storm?

National Grid has compiled the following list of steps to take prior to Hurricane Sandy:

  • Before lowering a TV antenna or satellite dish, make sure to turn off and unplug the TV, and avoid power lines.
  • Turn off all swimming pool pumps and filters, and wrap them in waterproof materials.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings ahead of time to keep food fresh longer in the event of a power outage.
  • Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment.
  • When working on a ladder, look up and note the location of power lines before beginning. Be sure that ladders or scaffolds are far enough away so that the person – and the ends of the tools they're using – don't come within 10 feet of power lines.

Prepare a family emergency kit with items including:

  • Water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps.
  • Cell phone with chargers

One might also want to include:

  • Prescription medications and glasses.
  • Infant formula and diapers.
  • Pet food and extra water for pets.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Matches in a waterproof container.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels.
  • Paper and pencil.
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

Westborough Patch is monitoring the storm.

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